Most material on Twitter is trash (ads, porn, clickbait) — that’s why fewer people are using it. I would estimate about 1% is as you describe, Web. Yes, it’s important that people get the truth and get real information. I do know many people who had and may still have little to no awareness of police brutality or racism. But you caricature the wealthy couple you mention in the article. Maybe there are people like that wealthy couple; I do not think they would use Twitter less because it “makes them uncomfortable” — I think they’ve never used Twitter at all. Twitter’s audience has always been a smaller percentage than Facebook or other family/community oriented social media. Only a small percentage of my students use Twitter, for example. Those who do, primarily use it to follow celebrities. They like the “realtime” celebrity fights. To the general public, Twitter is seen as a celebrity, not political/social dominated platform.

So, while you are right-on in pointing out that Twitter gave voices to those who otherwise had no means of making themselves heard and continues to do so (and should!), the rest is really the majority of it. Other services are supplementing the celeb-culture aspect of Twitter — so I think possibly that may be a part of the flattening-out as well.

Spoken as a former Policymic writer who was there during what you put above.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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